Nation's top RB liked UM's gameplan

Bryce Brown is rated as the No. 1 running back prospect in the entire country and the University of Miami commitment came away very impressed with what the Hurricanes did on Saturday night against the Gators. Read on for the details.

Trainer/mentor Brian Butler talked about five-star running back Bryce Brown's thoughts on the Miami game from Saturday night.

"We had a party here to watch the game and Bryce was there," Butler said. "He really enjoyed the game. We actually went back and broke down the offense afterwards, looking at the different plays and formations and things like that. We watched every play, seeing what the running back's responsibilities were, stuff like that."

Butler said Brown came away impressed after breaking things down.

"I know a lot of people are giving Coach Nix a hard time right now but we both felt like he gave them a chance to win the game," he said. "Penalties and missed opportunities cost them but Bryce thought Coach Nix did a great job of running the offense. He liked how they ran out of the I-Formation and also mixed things up."

Butler said he used his past experiences as an offensive coordinator to help explain some things to the talented running back.

"Florida tried stacking the box and UM stuck with their gameplan," he said. "If you really look at it, Miami was every bit as good for those first three quarters. In fact, Miami was being more aggressive."

Losing starting running back Javarris James, the team's biggest back, hurt and a lot of people realized that -- including Brown.

"That really hurt," Butler said. "Bryce saw that. He's actually very excited to get down there and work with those guys. He met both of them (James and Graig Cooper) and was drawn to them. They get along real well and I think they're going to work really well together next season."

Butler said Brown wanted to take his official visit to Miami this coming weekend but that wasn't scheduled.

"He wanted to go in there during a bye week to spend some time with the players and coaches," he said. "He'd be able to spend some extra time with his brother without a game going on. But he decided that he can do the same thing in December while they're getting ready for their bowl game."

So what were Brown's overall thoughts following the Florida game?

"He thinks they'll be a national contender next year," he said. "That defense is going to be unbelievable in the next couple years and he's real excited to go in there and be a part of the offense. He felt like, after watching the game, that he would have made some plays in that game to help so he's real excited to get down there and be in the rotation with those other guys."

According to Butler, Brown ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in his opener.

"It was an OK night for him," he said. "He'll only get better. They put in a new offense -- the spread -- so it's still taking some time getting used to."

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